5 Self-Care Tips for Neck Pain

November 12, 2014

Since your neck is made up of seven small vertebrae that support your head and allow it to move in a variety of directions, it’s easy to understand how pain and injury can occur. While many people who experience pain are inclined to take medication and move as little as possible, these methods may work against these individuals in the long run.

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The following are five self-care tips for neck pain that are natural and provide far better outcomes:

  • When pain is very high, alternating between ice and heat can provide significant relief. Since tissue inflammation in the neck can contribute to pain, ice can help provide relief, while heat can stimulate blood flow and ease soreness in muscles. Always end your session with ice.
  • Stress is a major causal factor in neck pain. While we cannot eliminate stress from our lives, practicing relaxation techniques when you feel tension rising can be very effective at reducing neck pain. You can try different methods until you find one that works for you.
  • Sitting or standing in a fixed position for too long can cause repetitive stress injuries. Take frequent breaks even if they’re short to change positions and do some light stretches. Be mindful of your posture at all times.
  • While exercise may be the last thing you want to do when you’re in pain, it can be an excellent pain reliever. Stretches can help loosen your muscles and increase your range of motion. If you can get your heart rate up, endorphins will reduce pain, diminish depression and improve stress levels.
  • Sleep is a natural healer. Purchase a pillow that supports your neck while you sleep and get yourself into a routine with adequate rest.

Your chiropractor can help by locating and removing nerve interference that might be causing your pain and suffering. The bottom line in chiropractic is this — if you suffer from subluxation, you’re better off without them. Chiropractic Lifecare of America can help you save up to 50 percent on chiropractic care. Call 800.775.7900 or contact us to learn more.

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